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March 2, 2015

Beloved beefy comfort foods

By: Leanne Ely   Because the weather is still cold, kitchens across North America (at least in the northern part of the continent!) are staying heated up with warm, comforting and familiar dishes. For me, nothing quite fits the comfort food bill like beef. Beef is full of protein, B vitamins, iron, zinc and magnesium.… Read more

Butcher Cutting Meat On Bandsaw

February 23, 2015

How to find a great local butcher

By: Leanne Ely   There are many reasons why you should seek out a trusted local butcher rather than shopping for your meats at the local big box store. This is especially true if the most popular local source for groceries is a Wal-Mart Super Center. (I don’t recommend buying your meat from Wal-Mart because… Read more

Fresh Raw Meat

February 16, 2015

Keep your cool with these meat storage tips

By: Leanne Ely   I got some great feedback on a post I shared recently about how to maximize the life of your produce by learning where to store it in the fridge. So, I thought it would be a great idea to expand on that theme a bit by talking about how long you… Read more

Fresh Organic Strawberry Smoothie

February 9, 2015

Bottoms Up For Breakfast

By: Leanne Ely   Taking care of ourselves is how we manage our health; there’s no other way around it. It may be a simple concept, but it’s overlooked every single day in favor of taking care of everyone and everything else. Just like breakfast. We skip breakfast thinking we don’t need it. We aren’t… Read more

Grilled bbq steaks with fresh herbs and tomatoes

February 2, 2015

Sizzling tips for searing meat

By: Leanne Ely   Cooking meat well is something that takes practice. There’s a knack to getting that perfect golden color on a chicken breast and to making those dark grill marks appear on a steak. While a nice color on a piece of meat looks nice, more importantly, that color basically translates to flavor.… Read more

Healthly food on the table

January 26, 2015

Making resolutions you can live with. Really!

By: Leanne Ely   It’s that time of year again. The New Year. A time to reflect on the year we’re leaving behind and make promises to ourselves about how we may live better for the next twelve months. If, when the clock struck twelve at the beginning of 2015, you made some resolutions that… Read more

Horseradish

January 20, 2015

Check out this rad root – Horseradish!

By: Leanne Ely   Horseradish is the perfect condiment for dipping roast beef, a key element in a zippy seafood sauce and a secret ingredient for an extra spicy Bloody Mary but it’s so much more! This terribly ugly root vegetable is as rich in health benefits as it is pungent in flavor. Pressed against… Read more

sauerkraut - Sour cabbage -  on wooden bowl with bay leaves

January 19, 2015

Fermented Foods: A Primer!

By: Leanne Ely   I think our ancestors would be pretty surprised at how fermented foods seem to have all but disappeared from our dinner plates. Since ancient times, humans around the world have been fermenting their food before eating or drinking it. Wine was being made at least eight thousand years ago. Milk fermentation… Read more

Spices and vegetables on kitchen table

January 12, 2015

Stock your pantry and fridge for Paleo

By: Leanne Ely   When you start looking at Paleo and regular old gluten-free recipes, you may notice that you could stand to do a better job of stocking your cupboards so that you’re not always either running to the market or passing over recipes due to lack of key ingredients. Now, this obviously doesn’t… Read more

smoothies

January 5, 2015

Liquid Lunch (or breakfast… or dinner)

By: Leanne Ely   Have I mentioned before how much I adore smoothies? Yes, yes, I believe I have! I start each day with a big ol’ healthy blended drink. But guess what? Sometimes I have a smoothie for lunch or even for dinner. Let’s be honest . . . life gets hectic sometimes, and… Read more